Welcome to the two hundred and sixty-first in this series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011. I have since published (as eBooks) the 2012 and 2013 collections, detailed on http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/short-stories/story-a-day-may.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story from the following sentence start: Tom put down his case… Here is my 170-worder.
Tom put down his case and slammed the front door. “Hello? Anyone home?”
He hadn’t expected a welcoming committee but some sign of life would have been nice.
He kicked off his shoes and pushed them under the hall’s radiator. He had no plans to go out again that evening but they’d be warm if he did.
Opening the lounge door, everything was pretty much as he’d left it; the dog had moved her toys, a new newspaper had appeared by the fruit bowl on the low coffee table.
Dear John, he thought. She’s written me a dear John. A note saying she was going to be late would be on a scrap of paper, a sheet of A4 from the printer if she’d had the time but not an envelope.
He reached forward to pick it up, when the phone rang.
Photograph above courtesy of morguefile.com.
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